Nearby waters have a slick of oil on the surface. Discarded garbage can cause pollutants to leach into the soil and water. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

North Saanich residents reaching boiling point over illegal dumping

Tatlow Road off Wain latest place targeted, bad for environment and land owners

North Saanich residents say enough is enough when it comes to illegal dumping.

The picturesque district is blessed with abundant natural beauty, which some say is being spoiled by the selfish actions of a few dumpers.

Wain and Tatlow roads are a case in point, with locals saying the quiet road has been targeted by dumpers for around 10 years. The entrance to Brackenhurst Farm seems to especially be cursed by regular instances of discarded trash.

ALSO READ: Missing North Saanich man found dead in Horth Hill Park

“There’s garbage, there’s furniture, we’ve had mattresses, dressers, washers and driers, a toilet once, bags of drywall,” says Marla Parsons, who knows the area well. “This has been going on for years.”

The last time it happened, the District of North Saanich stepped in and removed all the garbage – a move Parsons describes as “awesome” but she, and others, are upset it keeps continuing.

“If I walk down to the end of the driveway and look on both sides, in the ditches, there is tons of garbage in there – shoes, clothing. It’s like at the end of the month when people have to move and they have all this junk, and they say, ‘It’s OK, it’s the weekend, let’s go down to the end of that road and dump it in that bush.’ And that’s what they do.”

In the past, Parsons says the owner of a nearby property rooted through the dumped garbage, found the suspected dumper’s address and deposited it back onto their driveway. She says usually the offences are reported to the police and she thinks setting up cameras might be the next step residents will have to take.

ALSO READ: Central Saanich police see spike in suspicious circumstance calls

The dangers of illegal dumping include pollutants leaching into ground and surface water, and freon being released into the atmosphere. Animals are in danger while foraging for food, and dried-out organic litter can act as tinder for wildfires.

Parsons concedes that poverty might be a factor in the dumping but says there are resources and alternatives to illegal dumping that people could make use of.

“It’s reached a boiling point,” says Parsons. “We just want them to stop doing it.”

Littering is an offence in North Saanich and can result in a fine or prosecution. If anyone sees illegal dumping they are asked to call the police immediately.



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Oak Bay father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

Victoria Conservatory of Music bursary fund reaches $1M mark

The Eric and Shirley Charman Bursary Fund launched in 2017

Sealand was much more than killer whales, says ex-employee

Former Sealasd trainer revisits Sealand of the Pacific in talk

Residents say Monday’s fatal crash in Saanich wasn’t unexpected

Speed has long been a concern for neighbours in the Cumberland and Union roads area

UPDATED: Hundreds gather to reflect and remember UVic students killed in bus crash

Campus community invited to reflect, support one another

WATCH: United Way #Drive4Five event launches campaign to raise $5 million

More than 80,000 lives changed last year by the United Way

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Man who crushed Nanaimo RCMP cars with stolen truck gets more jail time

Majore Jackson, 34, sentenced to two more years in jail in provincial court in Nanaimo

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Most Read